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Foundations of Agile for Hardware Development


Foundations of Agile for Hardware Development


This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of how to apply the Modified Agile for Hardware Development (MAHD) Framework to your projects. You’ll learn how MAHD is different than typical agile for software, the key elements, how to kick off a project, the tactics of executing iterative development cycles and tips on how to transition to agile successfully from current NPD approaches.

Key questions we will answer. along with many others, in this session include:

  • What are the major elements of the MAHD Framework?
  • Why must scrum or other software-based agile methods be modified for hardware products?
  • How do you manage dependencies, manufacturing, and schedule needs of physical products?
  • How should the roles of project, program and product managers be reconsidered using agile methods?
  • How should you think about “requirements” and “specifications” using agile?
  • What is the best way to transition from stage-gate or other NPD systems to an agile approach?



A foundation of agile for hardware methods using the MAHD Framework:

  • Introduction – An intro to agile as applied to hardware and cross-discipline teams
  • The MAHD Difference – How managing tasks, dependencies and schedules differ from scrum
  • MAHD Elements – Review of key agile steps and their unique application to physical products
  • The Hardware Agile Challenge – Where companies fail and how you can succeed using agile
  • Agile Case Study – An example of how agile can lead to success with physical products

An overview of implementation approaches, challenges, and tips for success:

  • Key Roles – The responsibility and skills needed for project and product management
  • Scaling MAHD – How to move from one project to complex projects and full portfolios
  • Getting Started – The best ways to get started and expand as you learn
  • Q&A – We’ll leave time for specific questions related to your situation

What’s Included

Program Materials – Each participant receives the materials covered in the workshop and instant access to the MAHD Community to download detailed step-by-step guides and templates.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for anyone involved in product development that wants to obtain the benefits of agile:

  • Engineering leaders
  • Engineering team members
  • Project/program managers
  • Product managers
  • Cross-functional team leads
  • Sponsoring executives


Only $695/individual.  Limited to 5 people to ensure your specific questions and challenges are addressed.

Group rates:
3+ people $595 each

Contact us for larger groups or in-house pricing options.

Registration Options

Contact us to schedule this program or discuss options.

Logistics Details

Once you sign up, you’ll receive immediate confirmation and reminders along with a link to join for the day and time you selected.

Program Leaders

Gary Hinkle

Principal Consultant

Agile Methods for Hardware Development
Engineering Leadership & Management
Organizational Productivity

Dorian Simpson

Principal Consultant

Agile Methods for Hardware Development
Innovation Management
Product Management
Product Definition and Roadmaps

Contact Us to Schedule

This program can be offered online or at your company site and can be customized for your needs. Contact us to schedule or discuss your situation.

Many useful concepts. The workbook provides an outline that can be applied on the job.

Garth Weber, Mechanical Engineer

Cardinal Health

Excellent course. Concepts were clearly presented - easy to understand. I will recommend to my engineering team.

Chatree Sitalasai, Engineering Supervisor

NMB Technologies

Practical advice for anyone in business or leadership. Exercises were very helpful. Instructor with real experience makes a big difference!

Mel Greenberg, Manager

Portland General Electric

Great information, delivery, and discussions.

Dwaine Gilmer, Escalation Engineer

Microsoft Corp.

Great job of tailoring the basic concepts to the specifics of each attendee.

Mark Johnson, VP of Marketing

Instantiations, Inc.

A '10' in terms of content and presentation. Very interactive and useful right away.

Sushil Nema, Engineer

Triquint Semiconductor

Gary is one of those rare people that combines engineering expertise with exceptional administrative, people, and management skills.

Mike Anderson

Technology Executive

The course content and examples were valuable. Good interaction between the presenter and students. It was well worth the cost and my time away from work!

Paul L. Fernandez, Jr., Sr. Engineer

Mitsubishi Digital

The best part was how to sell an idea to executives. Very useful tips and I can see mistakes I made in the past.

T. Fisher

US Navy

This program opened my eyes to new approaches to manage innovation. Well done and a lot of material in a short time.


Chris Fisher

3D Printing

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